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Vol. IV, No. IV, April, 2004
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Puppy Love - The Good Life Designs
Puppy Love
Mary M. Covey
The Good Life Designs

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Meet Mary.....

Have you known a person who is so nice to be around that when they come in the door, the room gets brighter?.......And smells better?...That's Mary!

I'd like for you to get to know this Tulsa quilter a little better, if you don't already, that is....

Mary M. Covey is an award winning quilter, a self-starting entrepreneur, and owner of her quilt pattern company, The Good Life.  Mary has been quilting over 20 years and shares quilting with others through speaking engagements and educational seminars as well.

Mary is well-known through various quilting circles from television to publications.  She devotes herself completely (other than to husband, John, and her family) to designing quilts and to teaching others about that passion.  You may also know her from some of her books that she has authored, such as:

Applique Through The House, Leisure Arts 2003


Appliqué Through the House
Leisure Arts, 2003

These are quick-to-finish appliqué projects for your home.  15 different projects like:  Potholders, pillows, table runner, candle covers, little quilts, placemats, and more.  A delightful selection of projects to make your home "Spring"!





Celebrations, Martingale & Co., 2002



Martingale & Co., 2002

Need a quilt to mark a milestone or landmark in time, such as a housewarming, a sweet sixteen celebration?  Mary has 8 projects in this book for such treasured family and friends events.  Some are quick last-minute type quilts and some are large quilts.


(and this is my personal favorite)......





A Snowman's Family Album, Martingale & Co., 2000




A Snowman's Family Album Quilt
Martingale & Co.,2000

Follow the life and times of Mary's Snowman.  You'll have "quilt photos" like his baby picture (where he is the tiny flake on the right with the tiny little heart beating inside), meet his family, go to the beach, and finally attend his retirement party.  It's a wonderful storybook quilt.  There are also small companion projects for the seasons.




Mary also has many patterns that she has designed for all kinds of quilts and home decor.  Here is a picture of her latest "hot seller"......a diaper bag pattern.

Mary's Designer Diaper Bag
Designer Diaper Bag

It has lots of pockets on the inside and outside.  At the store where I work part-time, it is one of our biggest sellers, and the classes are a "going" thing now, too.  They are so handy to make up and have on hand for any baby shower that may come along.  They are also very handy to have for an everyday tote bag, not just for juvenile prints.  Last fall they were a favorite teacher gift from mothers using school themed prints.  I myself received one done in florals as a Christmas gift this year, and I "tote" it back and forth to work every day.

Mary also holds workshops and lectures for groups and guilds everywhere.  She is extremely informative, entertaining, and is so willing to share and help others promote their passion of quilting.  If your group or guild is looking for a good speaker or teacher, Mary's your girl!!

Visit Mary's website at


Site seeing, anyone?  new flash version of the old "fling the cow" game.  Very helpful information on maximizing web usage.  The owl cam is back!!!  worth revisiting.....for Elmer.....  tomato pincushion footstool.  This is cool--paint a wall quilt--literally.

In the Works.....

It's a mystery!!  I'm working on another mystery quilt (the first one being for retail shop owners) to be used on the free project page soon.  And you can bet it will be scrappy!  Several have requested another scrappy project and several have requested a mystery two in one, coming soon!.....

Tag Line of the Month:

     I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.


May you always have a quilt in the hoop, I try to.   

My Friend, Carol Rae's, Easter Egg


March 31, 2004


    ARCHIVES:  (Please note that some of the links on past newsletters on the Site-Seeing Categories may have expired and are no longer available--in other words--Its Not My Fault!!)
August, 2001- Premiere Issue:  Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué 
January, 2002New Year's Resolution;  Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site,, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links:  Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics;  Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project;  Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links:  Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twelve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links:  Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs.  Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg,  Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links:  71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links:  12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
April, 2003 - Pretty-Boy Peacocks Finished; Site Seeing Links:  Owl Cam, Eagle Cam, Old-Fashioned Living, People/Dogs, Armed Services Banner;  What's New Decisions/Decisions
May, 2003 - Muskogee Quilt Show, 2003; Site Seeing Links:  Leather Thimble, Evil Squirrels, The Weird Chronicles, Iraqi Information Minister, What's New Ducks in a Row, My Stars & Bars free block of the month.
June, 2003 - Penguin Quilt, Site Seeing Links:  QuiltMaker program, Baby crib quilt racks, Quilter signs, Carjacker raccoons, Avoid alien abductions, EQ4/5 Tutorials, What's New Lone Star Basics Pattern
July, 2003 - Darcy Ashton in T-Town, What's New Caddo River, Appliqué Wall Hanging Top, Site-Seeing Links:  Easy Circle Cathedral Window, Falcon's Bird Cam, Snowflakes, Lunch Boxes, Invisible Thread Review
August, 2003 - Lone Star Appliquéd quilt, Site-Seeing Links:  Classic Couches, Digital Clock, Singing Horses, Stress Test;  What's New:  Shopping Cart, ShortnScrappy Pattern, Picture Frame New BoM project, Buster Licking
September, 2003 - Precut Kits, Other Kits, What's New Toy Box Baby quilt coming up, Site-Seeing:  Fly Swatter, What Kind of Storm Are You?, Interactive Kitty
October, 2003 - Eden Mennonite Church Fall Country Festival, The Spellchecker Paragraph, Site-Seeing Links:  Wrap them in Love, EtchASketch, Marie Webster Story, Interactive Shapes Board Site, Car Handbags, More Fractals, Urban Legends Detector Site; What's New Toy Box Baby Quilt Pattern free, Patches/Scrappy Photos.
November, 2003 - Short & Scrappy Photos, Site-Seeing Links:  Test Results of Fusible Web, Terrell Designs, Clean Your Sewing Machine; What's New Baby Steps
December, 2003 - The Buttonhole, Sew Natural, Henfeathers, Site-Seeing Links:  Marsha McCloskey, Porky Sings Christmas, Daily Devotional Site, Which Biological Molecule Are You?, Nice Christmas Card
January, 2003 - Bandana Quilt, Site-Seeing Links:  Dancing Paul,, Chicken Purse
February, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series, Fine-Toothed Comb, Site-Seeing Links:  Color Trends, Quilters' Husband, Hand Quilting Frame, Hypnotizing Balls
March, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series completed, Site-Seeing Links:  Kameleon Quilts, Note Pad Graphics, The Original Laughing CAT; Christine's Cat Scan..ner


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